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LGV Driver Facing a 6 Months’ Disqualification Keeps Licence After Successful Exceptional Hardship Argument - July 2021

An LGV driver appeared before the Magistrates’ Court facing a 6 months’ disqualification as a “totter” after acquiring 12 penalty points to their licence.  Represented by Lisa Lyden-Cowan, the driver gave evidence to the Magistrates of the effect such a disqualification would have. In this case the Magistrates found exceptional […]

Drunk Driver Avoids Custodial Sentence after Blowing in Excess of 4 Times the Legal Limit. - June 2021

Barrister Helen Newbold represented this driver after they were reported to the police for drink driving after a minor traffic collision. Having blown a sample of breath well in excess of 4 times the legal limit the driver was under no illusion that the starting point for sentencing in the […]

Driver Avoids 6 Penalty Points for Failing to Provide Information - May 2021

Barrister Helen Newbold represented this driver in the Magistrates’ Court where he was facing 9 penalty points for a speeding offence and for failing to provide information about the driver. This driver was doubled manned in a company vehicle when the vehicle was caught speeding on an ANPR camera. As […]

Short Ban Wipes all Penalty Points and Ensures HGV Driver’s Job is Maintained - May 2021

This HGV driver, having accumulated 12 penalty points for speeding offences, risked a 6-month disqualification as a ‘totter’. He was represented by Millicent Dooher, barrister, at his hearing before the Magistrates Court. Having been advised on all the options, this driver had hoped the Magistrates would impose a shorter period […]

Driver caught at 123mph avoids disqualification - April 2021

Laura Newton, specialist motoring solicitor, represented a driver who appeared before Bridlington Magistrates’ Court, having pleaded guilty to speeding at 123mph. The prosecution began by Single Justice Procedure Notice, but the Court had required the driver’s attendance as it was considering a disqualification. At this speed, the Sentencing Court Guidelines […]

Absolute Discharge for Driver facing Disqualification for Totting – Successful Special Reasons Argument - April 2021

This driver, represented by barrister Helen Newbold,  appeared in front of the Magistrates’ court for a speeding offence. As she had already accumulated 9 points on her licence a further 3 points would have made her a totter and subject to a 6 month disqualification. Setting out the requirements of […]

Driver in Police Chase Avoids Prison - April 2021

The driver in this case, represented in the Crown Court by Barrister Harry Bowyer, was charged with dangerous driving, failure to provide a specimen and possession of a controlled drug of class A. The charges arose out of a police chase where it was alleged that he drove at speeds […]

HGV driver avoids penalty points with 14 day ban instead - April 2021

This driver was represented by barrister, Millicent Dooher at the Magistrates’ Court following his third speeding offence. This Driver was an HGV driver and would have lost his employment if any more than 6 penalty points were endorsed on his driving licence. The Magistrates were convinced, following representations, to deal […]

Successful Exceptional Hardship application for HGV driver - April 2021

Following a speeding offence in an HGV, this Driver faced being a ‘totter’ with 12 penalty points on his driving licence and a 6-month driving disqualification. The Driver was represented at the Magistrates’ Court by barrister Millicent Dooher, who was able to convince the Magistrates to impose a short ban […]

Another Driver Avoids Disqualification for Totting after Successful Exceptional Hardship Argument - April 2021

Barrister Helen Newbold represented this driver who was facing two speeding offences whilst already having 6 points on her licence for an offence with a mobile phone; the potential sentence was a 6-month disqualification for “totting”. Having mitigated on the offences themselves Helen Newbold then successfully made an application for […]

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